Merit-based scholarships are typically awarded on an academic, athletic or artistic ability basis, in addition to special interests. Some merit-based scholarships even consider financial need but the rewarding talent is the primary objective.
Merit-based scholarships push for higher academic achievement and push for students to preform to the best of their abilities. If more colleges focused on merit-based scholarships, society would see an improvement in academic performance of students around the nation, due to the fact that students would have to push themselves to do their absolute best and receive a “cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.”(“Merit-based Scholarships for Incoming Students) With this push for high academic achievement, colleges would see less applicants for need-based scholarships because even students that did fall under the need-based category could receive merit-based scholarships.
Though, merit-based scholarships do apply more pressure on students who are already under a great amount of pressure trying to achieve the highest SAT or ACT scores to even qualify for their “dream college,” but merit scholarships are not entirely based on these tests, and “[considers] a range if factors that include grades, essays, and so on.”(Staples) Students don't have to freak out about not getting the perfect score, but need to focus on being a relatively good student, and preform at a high academic level of education, or performance ability.
Some may argue that merit-based scholarships tend to serve “high-achieving students – ...whom don't need the money to attend college”(Hamilton College to End Merit Scholarships in Favor of Need-based Aid). This idea applies the generalization that the only students that do well in school or that perform better, are the ones with money. But merit-based scholarships do not go to students who have the most money, but the ones with the academic, athletic, or artistic qualifications.
Colleges should continue to provide...